The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is a multidisciplinary unit of the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institute of Health.
The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and accounts for a huge part of the national burden of morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) continues to build on its almost 45-year experience in promoting new discoveries and enhancing scientific progress through the support of cutting-edge basic and clinical research about diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. The MDRC has expanded beyond the traditional MDRC research base at the University of Michigan (UM) to include members engaged in diabetes-related research at five nearby Regional Partner Institutions, Michigan State University (MSU), Ohio State University (OSU), University of Toledo (UT), Van Andel Institute (VAI), and Wayne State University (WSU).
The mission of the MDRC is to promote new discoveries and enhance scientific progress through the support of cutting-edge basic and clinical research related to diabetes, its complications, and related disorders. The goals of the MDRC are to: create an environment that supports important and innovative research; attract and retain early stage investigators and investigators new to diabetes research; provide core services that leverage funding and unique expertise; foster interdisciplinary collaborations, especially in emerging areas of research, to catalyze new ideas and scientific approaches; raise awareness and interest in fundamental and clinical diabetes research at their institutions, as well as locally, regionally, and nationally; promote them translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside to improve public health; and enhance diabetes research education and training opportunities for patients, trainees, scientists, and clinicians.